Saint Scholastica, Virgin
1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13; Psalm 132:6-10; Mark 6:53-56
The cloud filled the temple of the Lord. (1 Kings 8:10)
Have you ever noticed that when a couple moves into their first home together, they spend a lot of time and money making it “their space”? Furniture, rugs, pictures, and personal belongings create a unique and personal atmosphere. In today’s first reading, a different kind of space was prepared, a holy space where the Lord could dwell among his people. And like that new couple, Solomon spared no expense in making this space as precious as possible.
There seems to be something very important about creating holy spaces. Think of the cathedrals around the world where people have worshipped for centuries. Or maybe you have a childhood memory of a chapel where you felt close to the Lord. All of these spaces have been set apart, dedicated for just one purpose. Somehow they help us to quiet our minds and hearts to be with Jesus.
Yet busy schedules and hectic lives can make it very difficult to find the time to visit a church every day. That’s why it’s a good idea to try to create a space in our homes that is set apart for prayer.
What would such a space look like? Well, it could be a separate room in your home or just a favorite chair in the corner of your living room. It doesn’t have to be ornately decorated as Solomon’s Temple was, but it should be set apart in some way. Maybe you could hang a crucifix or an icon on the wall in this space. Maybe a table with a candle and your Bible can set it apart. If you know that clutter distracts you, take it out. Let the simplicity of the space invite you to clear your mind and open your heart.
Today, brainstorm about a space that you can set apart as dedicated to prayer. Be creative. Don’t worry if it doesn’t happen all at once. When you have chosen and prepared your space, invite the Lord to fill it with his presence through his Holy Spirit. Even if you can’t see the cloud of his glory as they did in the Old Testament, you can be sure that he is there.
“Lord, help me to find a place to meet with you every day.”~WAU